Thread: Prospect Info: Rangers Prospect Poll: #2
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06-27-2011, 07:38 PM
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I'm unclear how McD how could have done better than he did last year. As a rookie, he displayed great ice sense, has a great first step, and made very few defensive gaffes.

While Erixon might end up better, he will have to be near all-star consideration in his first year to be better, in my opinion.

I see McDonagh as a terrific second pairing defenseman. Everything I read about Erixon says that he may well become a first pair blueliner. Erixon may well be a slightly smaller Marc Staal. McD is safer, but Erixon has a higher upside. My general rule is to go with upside so long as the difference in risk level is not massive. The reason is that it's VERY difficult to get first liner and first pair defensemen, far more difficult to second second line/pair players.

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